We’re heading back to the ’80s for this Record Store Day exclusive vinyl giveaway…
1980 was a big year for American band Devo. The new wave combo released their third album Freedom of Choice, which featured the band’s biggest hit, “Whip It.” With a strong single, Devo’s third album peaked at number 14 on the Billboard charts and, according to the band’s official bio, “represented a peak in their songwriting.”
In addition to “Whip It,” Freedom of Choice also featured “Gates of Steel,” which was covered by fellow American rockers The Flaming Lips just last year. In celebration of Record Store Day, The Flaming Lips will be releasing a limited edition, silver 7″ of their previously unreleased “Gates of Steel” live cover, with Devo’s live version of the song from the DEV-O Live EP as the B-side.
The release is limited to only 7,500 copies. What’s even more limited edition than that? We’re giving away one of the test pressings.
Known for their psychedelic, out-of-this-world sound and colorful performances, The Flaming Lips brings an interesting take on Devo’s “Gates of Steel.” The Grammy-award winning band is dedicating the release of the limited edition “Gates of Steel” 7″ to the late Bob Casale, Devo’s guitarist, stating, “R.I.P. Bob 2. This is for you, wherever you are.”
For a chance to win the Devo/The Flaming Lips “Gates of Steel” silver 7″ test pressing, drop a comment below naming your favorite ’80s band or musical act. I’m going to go with the king of pop, Michael Jackson.
A winner with a North American mailing address will be chosen on Friday, April 18. The record will be shipped after Record Store Day, April 19.